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Will my Social Security Disability claim be reviewed again after I am approved for benefits? Learn how often the Social Security Administration may review your Social Security disability claim after you are approved for disability benefits.

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When Your Claim May Be Reviewed for Continuing Disability

The Social Security Administration may review your  Social Security Disability claim after you have received benefits for a while. The purpose of the review is to determine whether you are still disabled and eligible for benefits.

At the time your claim is approved, the claims examiner will project the likelihood of your recovering from your disability. If you are expected to have medical improvement, then your claim will normally be reviewed within six to eighteen months after your benefits start. If improvement is considered possible, but not necessarily expected, then your claim will usually be reviewed after three years. Finally, if you are not expected to have significant improvement then your claim would not be routinely reviewed any sooner than seven years from when benefits started. Your disability could also be reviewed outside of a scheduled review if there was an indication that you had recovered from your disability.

Notification of Continuing Disability Review

The Social Security Administration will notify you if your claim comes up for review and will ask you to complete a continuing disability statement to provide information about your current condition. For more information about reviews of your approved Social Security Disability claim, see our articles “How Can I Prepare for a Continuing Disability Review of My Social Security Disability Claim?” and “Do I Have to Keep Going to the Doctor After I Am Approved for Disability in Order to Continue Getting Social Security Disability Payments?”

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18 Comments

  1. jim says:

    I was told that i could not get my Direct deposit set up tell after i get my first paper check and give them the numbers from that is that true ? and they say you have to be Disabled for 5 months do i get back pay for that 5 months ?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jim,

      If you can find a bank that will open a bank account for you with funds other than Social Security benefits, you can give Social Security your bank account number and your bank’s routing number and have your first benefits sent to your bank account. To be eligible for benefits you have to be disabled or be expected to be disabled for twelve months. The first five full-calendar months of disability are not paid. For example, if you became disabled in January, February through June would not be paid and July’s benefit would be paid in August.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  2. Chikma says:

    Hi Kay.. I receive supplemental benefits for my 12 yr old son who has autism. I’m also awaiting on approval for disability for myself due to mental illness. I’m no longer working and wanted to know will my child lose his disability?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chikma,

      Your child will not lose his SSI benefits because you have stopped work. You do need to report that you are no longer working. If you are approved for Social Security Disability benefits, your child’s SSI eligibility and payment amount will be reevaluated based on the family’s new income. If you have worked enough, it is also possible that your child could receive Social Security dependent benefits.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  3. Chrystal says:

    I was approved for my disability in November 2015 and received my back pay January 28, should I receive my normal monthly payment starting in February or will it be March

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Chrystal,

      Based on the dates you provided, I surmise that your back pay was through December 2015. If so, your January benefit will be paid in February.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  4. heather brown says:

    Hi Kay.
    i was approved after seeing the ALJ. i received my approval letter and read all through it. reading the reasons why i was approved and it all was what was happening. from the neurogentic bladder, transverse myelitis, syringomyelia. c7 nerve damage from a failed spinal fusion, bad discs, neck straightening from spasms, migraine, and anxiety over my health issues. now with these diagnoses there is no cure. the neurologist i see keeps telling me i have to accept it. my spinal cord damage is not reversible. with this being said, my letter states at the end that i will be reviewed in 18 month’s. i do not understand thing, being that there is not cure for the things i have.

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Heather,

      The judge assessed the information and thought that some of your conditions could improve and, therefore, approved your claim with a condition that you have a medical update review to see whether your condition in eighteen months.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

      • heather brown says:

        ok . will it always be 18 months or could that change?

        • heather brown says:

          hi kay .
          i do not mean to be a bother . i just read ssd sent someone a letter about verifying their work history for the prior year. when i went before the alj she asked about my work history since the disability date which was my surgery date. had mentioned i baby sat for a few kids for a few months and i filed taxes on that. then she said no the work you did at your former job. i said no i never went back there that it was vacation time and probably the temp disability that they paid me for 6 months. but i deff told her about the babysitting. for the few months i had a few different kids and just could not do it. i def filed taxes on it and even filed taxes on $100 a week my best friend gave every week for watching her daughter on week ends and school vacations. ( she only paid me 100 every week because she wanted to help my family and she wrote it off on her taxes. but my hearing was a blur. i don’t know if i told her about the 100 every week for almost a year until my husband moved back in she gave me . i may not have even been thinking about it because most of the time my son would watch her so it didn’t even cross my mind. should i call them and make sure they know. i was approved for ssd, not ssi. i def know i mentioned the babysitting and had to stop because all those kids were just too much and i was getting more symptoms and could not tolerate not taking my meds during those hours. but i just can’t remember if i mentioned the $100 a week my best friend gave because her daughter was 10 and is my daughters best friend . she would have been there anyway. maybe i am way overthinking this. lately my anxiety has gotten the best of me. i just do not want to mess anything up and i def never want to seem not creditable.

          • Kay Derochie says:

            Dear Heather,

            You have already reported baby sitting and some work is allowed. If your monthly gross earnings were never as much as $1,040 in 2013, $1,070 in 2014, or $1,090 in 2015, you do not need to worry.

            Sincerely,
            Kay

        • Kay Derochie says:

          Dear Heather,

          Future review frequencies could change.

          Sincerely,
          Kay

  5. shiro says:

    I have been receiving SSd for about a year but now I received a letter from SS asking me to verify my work history for 2012 is this normal?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Shiro,

      If your benefits included back pay to 2012, it could be that some work you did in 2012 is showing up in the IRS system and an investigation is needed to see whether you worked after your disability date. Another possibility is that your 2012 earnings were used in the calculation of your benefits and some inconsistency has been found. Is suggest that you take your W-2s for that year to Social Security and inquire why they are needed.

      Sincerely,
      Kay

  6. jess says:

    My mom’s SSD case was approved and they notified her of a large amount of back pay she would be receiving. She has been receiving govermental assistance monthly to support herself. Social services has advised her of the potential to loose her medicade coverage if she does not spend down the backpay. Does this sound accurate?

    • Kay Derochie says:

      Dear Jess,

      Your mother will probably need some professional advice from an insurance broker regarding what her choices are. I can provide some information that might give her a starting point for investigation.

      First, if your mother has a large retroactive Social Security Disability (SSD) payment coming, she may have already been eligible for SSD for twenty-four months. If so, she will be eligible for Medicare and will only need a Medicare supplement insurance to round out her coverage. An insurance broker can tell her about the Medicare supplements that are available in her state.

      If she has a long time to wait to reach the twenty-four months and wants to save her back pay thus losing her Medicaid, one option for her might be to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I believe that the loss of insurance is a “qualifying event” that will give her a short period of time–I think, thirty days–to enroll outside the general enrollment period.

      Sincerely,

      Kay

      • Tiffany says:

        Hello since 01/23/2015 when i looked on the ssa website under payment it said one time payment this morning 27 i looked and it’s not there anymore do you kno wht this mean yesterday i called they told me tht the money was sent in a check by mail

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